Freelance Senior Architectural Designer

Why join frog?

Joining frog means you’ll be joining the “pond,” a global network of studios, each with a thriving in-person and vibrant virtual culture. frogs are curious, collaborative, and courageous, united by our passion for improving the human experience through design, while each bringing our unique and diverse skills and experiences to the table. We draw on our global reach and local knowledge to solve complex problems and design innovative, sustainable solutions that touch hearts and move markets. frogs prize humour, positivity, and community just as highly as performance and outcomes. Our culture is open, flexible, inclusive, and engaging. Working at frog means being empowered to Make Your Mark on every project, in your studio, your community—and the world at large.

Join us to do the best work of your life.

At frog we are united by our shared passion for outcomes that transform the human experience. We accomplish these outcomes by taking on complex challenges, big asks, and things that have never been done before. We look beyond point solutions and apply design to the creation of new strategies, systems, and—in some cases—entirely new businesses. We know that takes all types of people. We believe that diverse backgrounds and experiences creates a stronger frog.

Our work is transformational because our people are extraordinary. frogs are analytical and artistic, conservative and unconventional, technical and whimsical. We look for hybrid talents and build teams around divergent expertise, which allows us to solve problems and uncover opportunities in unique ways. frogs are some of the best talent in the world, and together we advance the human experience through design. 

The Position: Freelance Senior Architectural Designer

We are looking for a new type of Architectural Designer who is up for the challenge of their life --- imagining new realities and creating break-through experiences. This individual is excited about playing at the intersection of digital, physical and environmental design while possessing a broad attitude and deep hunger for crafting a truly transformational experience. This role has the option of being a fully remote position! 

One that handles the conceptualization and development of new products including creating aspects of environment, form, aesthetics, physical and psychological interfaces between users and products. May contribute to and work within project criteria established by other business functions. Determines materials, construction, mechanisms, shape, color, surface finish, manufacturing processes and packaging in cooperation with other business functions involved in the new experience development process.  Must create the documentation necessary to convey the design solution to management or other business functions through renderings, models, mechanical drawings, and written reports. 

Your day-to-day responsibilities will be to lead the development of concepts and place-making strategies and their subsequent translation at the intersection of digital, physical and Architecture. This includes the ideation and the development of concepts, and overseeing the specifics of the site and building design through the SD, DD and potentially CD/CA stages. We require an applicant with 5+ years of experience actually leading a design team through multiple project stages, and preferably with a track record of realized projects. Storytelling is at the root of our work, and a portfolio of strong representational work will be key, as are strong communication skills.

The Contribution: 

  • Superior ideation skills, lateral thinking and a solution based user experience perspective
  • Leads in establishing a design POV and inspires others to follow
  • Leads in the planning and execution of both design and technical aspects of a project
  • Ability to share the sand-box and build the best castle. Always integral to actually building the castle, never limited to just overseeing the process.
  • Actively lead design research, behavioral analysis, effectively synthesize and communicate research findings, conceptual ideas, detailed design, and design rationale both verbally and through execution.
  • Highly developed skills in client communications, contract documentation, project scheduling, team leadership, building design, technical detailing, consultant coordination, and ideally experience on projects through construction administration.
  • Strong interest in the convergent creative disciplines represented at frog
  • Responsible for the production of the work and deliverables.
  • Leads and mentors junior talent

You Are:

Someone who wants to influence your own development. You’re looking for a company where you have the opportunity to pursue your interests across functions and geographies, and where a job title is not considered the final definition of who you are, but the starting point. You bring to the organization the following competencies; 

  • Have B.Arch, M.Arch or MFA
  • 5+ years of proven experience in architecture, environmental design, visual design or interaction design, including all phases of the design process: conceptual, detail and design development, construction documents, construction administration, site supervision
  • Expertise in systemic thinking and strong knowledge of design principles and methodology, particularly as applied to environments
  • Aspire to a broader mindset about design, research, multidisciplinary and human-centered approach as the foundation for architecture
  • Creativity represented in a stellar portfolio
  • Track record of realized and/or published projects
  • Knowledge of international building codes
  • Rockstar skills using industry standard software and tools including AutoCAD and / or REVIT, 3DStudio Max, Rhino, Sketch-up, Unity, Adobe Creative Suite, Keynote, FCPX / Premier Pro, VR / AR, Pencil and paper, Painting and other media, model making
  • Huge desire for individuality and point of view surrounding design.
  • Fluency in written and spoken English, proficiency in another language is an asset

Qualified candidates must include an online or PDF portfolio with their application in order to be considered for the role. 

Equal Opportunities at frog

frog is an Equal Opportunity Employer encouraging diversity in the workplace. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, national origin, gender identity/expression, age, religion, disability, sexual orientation, genetics, veteran status, marital status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

frog is a global business with teams working across the world. To help us process your application, please ensure that your application documents (CV, cover letter, portfolio, etc.) are all in English.